This week on Be Afraid, we take a lighthearted jaunt through a number of kids’ movies, exploring how they so often use tropes taken directly from the horror genre in order to tell compelling stories. And much to Kutter’s chagrin, we also talk a bit about why dolls and toys are so incredibly creepy.

Joining us this week:

  • Pete Docter is a filmmaker, animator, and voice actor. He is the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Tony Hale is an actor and producer known for a variety of roles, including Buster Bluth from Arrested Development, Forky from Toy Story 4, and Gary Walsh from Veep. He is also a craftsman who creates bespoke rope bowls for friends and family.
  • Justin Barrett is the president and founder of Blueprint 1543. A leading cognitive psychologist, Dr. Barrett is the author of Born Believers and, more recently, Thriving with Stone Age Minds.

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“Be Afraid” is a production of Christianity Today, Fuller Seminary, and Uncommon Voices Collective
Executive Producer: Erik Petrik
Producer, Writer, and Editor: Kutter Callaway
Producer, Editor, Graphic Design: Stephen Scheidler
Producer: TJ Hester
Music: Jeremy Hunt and Qoheleth